Chivalry of a Failed Knight - Of the crappy magical battle academy harem genre, this one is definitely one of the best. It's seemingly self-aware, with characters making note of the fact that, yes, this scene they're acting out is a tired harem cliche, and then they do their best to separate themselves from the cliches (like when Ikki first met Stella). The best part is that it works! Other times, they seem to successfully avoid a cliche from happening, but then the universe tries to bend its will back to the tired narrative, which ends up with some odd situations (Ikki's related-by-blood sister, for example)
But I think what makes it most endearing is that it doesn't really pan out like a harem at all. There's an actual relationship that's developed with one of the characters, and even though there is some fanservice for most of the other girls, the main character never truly gets into a dangerous situation with any other girl after the end of the first arc (albeit with one one-sided caveat), which makes you realize that you're not really watching a harem at all. The ending leaves the story open, but it gives a pretty satisfying resolution to the relationship, which isn't something pretty much any other show does. Consider me very impressed, and consider it a magical battle academy harem with shoulders above the rest (with the exception of High School DxD, probably, and Trinity Seven, maybe)
DRAMAtical;Murder - I wouldn't recommend watching the OVA unless you're really into bloody, physically painful yaoi
Punch Line - Enjoyable for what it is. The panty shots are so intertwined with the story itself that they're really not a big deal and turn to the point of unerotic by the end of the series. It's got time-travel, but it's relatively straightforward - the best way I can put it is that there are other mysteries of the show that will leave you in the dark more than how its time travel works. A lot of the narrative seems superfluous, and important plot points kinda disappear and resurface at a moment's notice, which left the story a little uneven, but overall it was a fun time. I'd recommend it, even to people that are really put off by shows with fanservice, since at some point I don't know if I could even call it fanservice anymore
Originally Posted by Firefly
Started Overlord a couple nights ago and am enjoying it. Not as much as Log Horizon but more than SAO. The ED song is a big part of why I started watching it. So darn catchy and high energy. And Albedo has a cool character design.
I really enjoyed the designs of a lot of characters from Overlord. Albedo was good, Shalltear was good, Pandora's Actor was phenomenal. I really wish they expanded more on the Pleiades since we really only got to know one in the main story
Just got my Higurashi When They Cry Blu-ray set, so I'll likely be watching some of that this weekend. It's been a few years since I finished Kai so I'm definitely due for a re-watch.
And I'll just say that this season of Snow White has been largely disappointing so far, and I really hope the second half of the season makes up for it. This arc is rather uninteresting in terms of plot (the whole kidnapping business is so weak), though at least the interpersonal stuff has remained solid.
Assassination Classroom 2nd Season
Durarara!! x2 Ketsu
Aokana (Don't want to type the full name)
I have a lot of anime I can watch from the library (Interlibrary loans = thousands of hours of anime.).
Not bad, definitely worth seeing, especially since it's not often I can see an anime in a theater. I still had to road trip it to see the movie though. Not on the level of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars though.
Rewatched Expelled From Paradise tonight since the BD was in my backlog pile. The dub was really well done.
Finally finished Overlord. Lost interest halfway through. It's a fun show, but not one that I desire more of.
Also finished Durarara!! x2 Ketsu. I missed the more disjointed story-telling of prior arcs, but the way the events ended here definitely felt like a bigger change in how the story will proceed. For having such a large cast that continues to expand, I find it impressive that the narrative manages to juggle them all in a way that I can look at them and remember who they are and what role they play even if I can't recall their actual name. Some of them are definitely pretty minor characters, but even the "core" cast is pretty expansive.
And finally went back to give Himouto! Umaru-chan a second chance. I was annoyed with the first episode, but now that I've watched up to episode 8ish, I think it's a rather cute and funny show. Umaru is a brat, but nowhere near as grating as I found Kirino in OreImo, and her relationship with her brother actually gives life to the show and feels pretty natural.
Konosuba is on my list to watch next when I get time. Otherwise I've been keeping up with Ace Attorney, Lost Village, Joker Game, and Re:Zero this season. Ace Attorney has gotten a lot better since the first episode, and not just because of the stronger non-tutorial material to work with. Lost Village is tons of fun and stupid, I'm pleased that it didn't follow the path I expected it to. Joker Game is still decently solid. Re:Zero is my surprise for the season though. It sounded pretty bland from the plot description and the key art did nothing for me, but each episode has been rather good.
K, over and over again (as background noise while I draw, not like... seriously sitting there watching it, al though some parts... ; I have Return of Kings on now.) Kamigami no Asobi, sometimes, too, and opera (Don Pasquale or Carmen), but that's outside the scope of this thread.
As for watching-seriously-for-the-first-time... I've started Bungou and Joker Game, but I haven't been in the mood to catch up with those recently. I just got up to episode... 813 I think?, of Case Closed, the one with the bakery. That was adorable.
Judging from the amount of Amuro I've been seeing on Pixiv recently, I wonder if something happened with him in the manga recently...? I love him though